Facebook went so far as to delete a post by Norwegian PM Erna Solberg in what is believed to be the first time the social media behemoth directly censored a government leader.
Facebook later backtracked on its decision and the company’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, personally wrote to Solberg to tell the Norwegian PM that the social network ultimately decided that the “the global and historical importance” of the Pulitzer Prize winning photo by Nick Ut Cong Huynh “outweighs the importance of keeping nudity off Facebook.”
Earlier this year, Facebook censored Danish MP Mette Gjerskov when she attempted to post what is perhaps the most recognizable image in all of Denmark: the Little Mermaid statue. Facebook reversed its position shortly after Gjerskov filed a formal complaint.
In 2013, both Facebook and Apple were the heavily criticized in Denmark for censoring nude photos from Danish author Peter Øvig Knudsen’s book on hippies. Those photos can be seen here.
Elbæk told TV2 that “it is completely grotesque that historic photos and artistic photos can be removed because of American puritanical morals.”